verb ap·point \ə-ˈpint\

: to choose (someone) to have a particular job : to give (someone) a position or duty

: to decide or establish (something) in an official way

: to decide (the time or place at which something will happen or be done)

Full Definition of APPOINT

transitive verb
a :  to fix or set officially <appoint a trial date>
b :  to name officially <will appoint her director of the program>
c archaic :  arrange
d :  to determine the disposition of (an estate) to someone by virtue of a power of appointment
:  to provide with complete and usually appropriate or elegant furnishings or equipment <a beautifully appointed room>
intransitive verb
:  to exercise a power of appointment

Examples of APPOINT

  1. She was appointed professor of chemistry at the university.
  2. After his parents died, the boy's uncle was appointed as his guardian.
  3. Every year, the group appoints three new members.
  4. a committee appointed by Congress
  5. the company's newly appointed assistant director

Origin of APPOINT

Middle English, from Anglo-French appointer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + point point
First Known Use: 14th century

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